I know I just said that we were on Passat overload, so why are we here again? Well, I certainly haven’t written up many newer Passats. And, truth told, while competent the U.S.-specific B7 Passat hasn’t really given many reasons for fans to celebrate. Instead of leading the market, VW chose to give consumers what they thought consumers wanted. They reacted….sorta. B7 sales spiked with its introduction in 2012 to 125,000 until in the U.S.; respectable for what has always been a slow seller for the company. That was more than the B6 ever sold in a single year by a factor of 2.5, for example. But every year since has been a downward slope; 110,000 in 2013, 96,000 in 2014, 78,000 for 2015, 73,000 in 2016, 60,000 for 2017 and just 41,400 for 2018. Sure, sales of normal sedans are slipping all around. Compare that to the Honda Accord; a popular, “sporty” alternative, and it’s drawn into sharper contrast. In 2018, Honda sold 291,000 Accords. And that was an uncharacteristically bad year for the model.
So to help prop up sales towards the end of the B7 run, Volkswagen introduced new trim packages – no surprise there. And one came out in 2018 called the “GT”. Now, traditionally VW hasn’t done a stellar job on its GT packages, but hear me out on this one – because it’s pretty special. Outside, the Passat GT distinguished itself with red-trim grill like the GTI, blacked out roof panel and big dual exhaust. 19″ ‘Tornado’ wheels filled the lowered arches; the GT was a bit over half an inch lower with stiffer shocks. Inside, contrasting stitching and two-tone sport seats were met with carbon-like and aluminum trim. But the real news was what made this car sing; under the hood was the 3.6 liter DOHC 24 valve narrow-angle VR6 rated at 280 horsepower and barking through that big exhaust. Shifts were handled solely by the DSG 6-speed dual-clutch box, meaning lightning-fast changes and a manual mode. While VW has seldom given you something for nothing, the Passat GT also rang in as one of the cheapest 6-cylinder cars you could buy last year – base price was $29,995, making it one of just three sub-$30,000 sixes on the market. But today, you can grab one a whole lot cheaper:
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Model: Passat GT
Engine: 3.6 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic
Mileage: 14,684 mi
Location: Madison, North Carolina
Price: $21,294 Buy It Now
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So what’s special about the GT? Well, it was a swan-song for the VR in a “small” package; because it wasn’t any faster than the turbo 4s and was a whole lot thirstier, you can’t get the 3.6 in any non-SUV anymore. You can’t get the Passat GT, either – it was killed off after just one model year. Does that make this a future classic? I’d probably not go that far. But if you want a well-built and surprisingly quick new car with a fantastic soundtrack? Well, this is pretty hard to beat. The Deep Black Pearl Metallic works pretty well with the black accent wheels and all the blacked-out trim, which to me looks a bit fussy on the Pure White examples. It wouldn’t be the color I’d choose new or for a daily driver, but it looks sharp. This one has a few dealer-installed accessories to boot.
It’s almost new and condition looks as such – you can see small scratches that you’d expect, but overall this is really close to perfect. For that light wear, you’re getting basically a $10,000 price reduction (30%!!) from what the out-the-door cost was just one year ago. And with winter setting in, as well as the new Passat and Arteon arriving at dealers, I’d guess you could probably haggle another $1,500 or more off that ask. For under $20,000, this really seems like a pretty interesting ‘brand new’ daily driver.